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  • The Belko Experiment

    The Belko Experiment

    ★★½

    If people get stuck in an enclosed area and then watch them try to survive, or you force people to kill each other, then as long as you're a decent film maker the audience will experience some tension and thrills. The premise of The Belko Experiment is naturally thrilling, people like seeing humans forced into horrible situations and quickly turning from normal to willing to kill in minutes. I might even call it easy. So, yes, The Belko Experiment is…

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★

    I read Patrick Ness' "More Than This" in high school and I thought it was an astounding, beautiful young adult novel. I wasn't familiar with the author and hadn't heard or read anything from him since, then it was announced that they'd be making a film based off a children book called "A Monster Calls". I saw the name 'based on the book by Patrick Ness' and I was instantly reminded of the emotional rollercoaster that was that book, and…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    When Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) enters the alien vessel for the first time, it's stunning. You feel how claustrophobic it is inside her suit, you can feel how dizzying it is being there next to something so giant and otherworldly, you can feel how nauseating it was for the characters to jump into the warped gravity and looking straight ahead when you should be looking down. The haunting music plays and you get these goosebumps, and you feel like…

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★

    It begins sort of like a romantic comedy with a very eccentric protagonist with little hints to what's to come before turning into the suspense horror it's renown for being. I think that's genius and very modern, but I didn't enjoy that they spend so much time developing characteristics when those characteristics are never used at all later. Why did the protagonist have to be a chronic liar and resourceful stalker? Hitchcock managed to make the romantic comedy and human…